DeFender™ M1 is compatible with all standard front forks including reverse arch designs; the unique quick release attachment system integrates the DeFender™ M1 seamlessly with the front of your bike. A stiff engineering grade plastic support frame is comolded to a softer more flexible material at the trailing edge for greater durability.
Topeak Defender M1 Front Features:
Size: 60 x 10 x 12 cm (L x W x H)
Material Two Tone Injected Nylon
Attachment QR Fork Attachment fits ø 19.6~ø26 mm
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Rated 1 out of 5 by Fordman Great Design but Pathetic Engineering
I have had two of these. I love the design, easy to fit, they look good, they are simple to remove from the central bracket if you put your bike in the back of a car. If it was more durable I would rate it 5 stars, but like other reviewers here I have found the plastic bracket is just too weak. It doesn't even need a significant blow, bumps on the trail can make it snap. Come on Topeak, you can do better than this!
20 November 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous Plastic v Metal
I've had mine just over a year. Really like the look. Great idea to take the front & rear off leaving the fixing spigot in the fork tube. But the two part plastic fixing that expands to fill & fix into the hole expands by using an Allen key bolt. Mine kept on loosening & falling onto the front wheel while riding. Successive tightening has damaged the plastic until its no longer usable. If they made metal on metal fixings no damage would occur & a tighter fix would help the guard stay into the frame.
I've had a similar problem with the rear guard of this model.
06 June 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Anonymous Weak
I have bought two of these and although they look good and fit well they are not robust. The first one snapped within 2 days the front part of the guard caught on another bike handle as mine was being put in cramped bike rack and the rear part broke off when the bike slipped in icy conditions. Bought a second one thinking maybe the cold weather had made it especially brittle and it snapped the second day I had it on the bike, again getting caught on another bike in the station bike racks. All in all very disappointed with this product which is designed for a mountain bike so I assumed it would be far more rugged that it is.
28 February 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Anonymous Too fragile
Works well as a mud guard when it's there but as with many other reviewers, a second bracket has now broken at the front and I lost the forward blade. It would be so simple to make the bracket more robust on what is otherwise a great product. Five stars if you treat it as disposable, just 2 stars otherwise.
09 October 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous poor bracket
hi there, like other owners, I can confirm how good the mudguard is at deflecting muck and dirt; and also confirm how poor the bracket is. Mine broke on the first day getting the bike in and out of thr car! However a quick phone-call to Topeak uk distributers and ...problem solved, new bracket in the post.
yup it shoudnt have happened, but they did resolve the problem very quickly.
hope this helps
22 March 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Anonymous Not 7 days old
Fitted nice and easily, but within 7 days the front section snapped off - should have read some more of these reviews. Topeak clearly haven't resolved the choice of materials/design despite several years of poor feedback. Don't waste your money or time.
18 August 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by Anonymous Nice idea but poorly executed
Like others have posted here this is a good looking mudguard let down by a poor bracket. The front and rear guards are made of a durable soft plastic and look good on the bike. But the bracket is made of a hard, brittle plastic and mine has broken at the front. The wedge bolt is OK, but I put a piece of old inner tube over it to give better grip. The other problem with the bracket is the height is the same both front and back, whereas you need much greater height at the front to clear the fork arch. I guess I'll go back to a Crud guard which have never let me down.
20 July 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by Anonymous Do not recommend
Plastic broke off completely on its own on slightly bumpy snow @ -10 C.
I assume it's due to the rubbery (transparent) parts being too heavy making it flap. Buy something else.
19 February 2011